Gateway to the third enclosure, the christian castle in Alcazaba of Almeria.

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Tercer Recinto


The highest part of the Alcazaba, the Tercer Recinto consists of a castle constructed by the Catholic Monarchs in the early 16th century. Many of the castle’s formidable walls and towers survive, including the Torre del Homenaje (Tower of Homage), which originally served as the residence of the fortress’ governor but is now used to stage temporary exhibitions.

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1. Segundo Recinto

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The second enclosure of the Alcazaba sits above the Muro de la Campana de la Vela, a wall named after its bell, which once chimed in times of danger. Much…

2. Ermita de San Juan


This austere brick chapel, located in the second compound of the Alcazaba, stands atop the fortress' former mosque. Little remains of the original Mudéjar…

3. Alcazaba

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A looming fortification with great curtain-like walls rising from the cliffs, Almerìa's Alcazaba was founded in the mid-10th century and went on to become…

4. Primer Recinto

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The Alcazaba's lowest compound, the Primer Recinto, was originally a residential area. Excavations have unearthed remains of houses, streets and a complex…

5. Alcazaba Entrance

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The entrance gate to the Alcazaba is on Calle Almanzor. Climb the stairs and go through the Puerta de la Justicia to enter the fortress.

6. Plaza de Pavía Market

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Offering a colourful picture of local neighbourhood life, the rowdy Plaza de Pavía market has stalls selling a mix of produce, cheap shoes and churros …

7. Muralla de Jayrán

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Visible from the Alcazaba, this fortified wall was built in the 11th century to defend the outlying northern and eastern parts of the city.

8. Iglesia de San Juan

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Remains of Almería’s Islamic past are evident throughout the city, including at this church, which was built over the remains of the city’s former mosque…